Romanticism

Topics: Romanticism, Romantic poetry, William Wordsworth Pages: 4 (1426 words) Published: September 1, 2013

Topic: Romanticism
What are the characteristic features of poetry during the Romantic Movement?  Literary critics consider 1798, the year when Wordsworth and Coleridge published their "Lyrical Ballads," to mark the beginning of the English Romantic Movement. However, its actual beginnings date back to the poetry of Gray, Collins, Blake and Burns who are regaded as 'Transition Poets' who lived and wrote at the end of the Neo-Classical Age. Critical opinion is divided as to when the Romantic Movement actually came to an end; infact, some critics consider the Victorian age to be a continuation of the Romantic Age and that the English Romantic Age extended till the beginning of the Modern Age in the twentieth century. The characteristic features of English Romantic poetry are: 1. Love and worship of Nature and dislike for the urban life. 2. Love for the Medieval Age.

3. Love for the supernatural and the mystical.
4. Poetry came to be regarded as the spontaneous expression of the poet's own subjective feelings and did not conform to the poetic conventions of classical doctrines. 5.Completely abandoned the 'Heroic  Couplet' and substituted it with simpler verse forms like the ballads which belonged to the English rural Folk. In fact the 'Ballad Revival' is said to have sparked off the English Romantic Movememnt. 6. The 'poetic diction' of the Neo-Classical Age was completely  done away with and the language of the ordinary people became the language of Romantic poetry. 7. The subjects of Romantic poetry were often ordinary people:"The Idiot Boy." The Romantic movement began somewhere near the end of the 18th century in Western Europe and lasted well into the first half of the 19th century.  In part, the movement was a rebellion in response to the Enlightenment of the century prior, which focused on the more scientific and rational thought.  Characteristics of Romantic literature emphasize passion, emotion, and...
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